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An Open Message to NCTE Executive Committee members

Dear NCTE Executive Committee members:

This day on which we celebrate bountiful tables piled with good things to eat seems like a fitting time to ask you to please read Malcolm X's words of wisdom on scrambling for a "seat at the table."

I'm not going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my plate, and call myself a diner. Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate.

--Malcolm X
Speech at Cory Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio, April 3, 1964

NCTE has squandered great credibility in its determination to support the LEARN (sic) Act. If you aren't being starved at that corporate-politico table, surely you're being poisoned. I hope you have an official food taster.

Since you don't respond to personal mail, I suggest you make a public response in the space provided by Valerie Strauss here.


— Susan Ohanian



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